Child Protection & Juvenile Justice
The Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) manages protective programs on behalf of New Hampshire's children and youth and their families.
DCYF staff provide a wide range of family-centered services with the goal of meeting the needs of parents and their children and strengthening the family system. Services are designed to support families and children in their own homes and communities whenever possible.
Report Child Abuse or Neglect
By NH law any person who suspects that a child under age 18 has been abused or neglected must report that suspicion immediately to DCYF:
(800) 894-5533 (In-state only)
Intake lines are staffed 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. If this is an immediate emergency, please call 911.
Child Protection Services works to protect children from abuse and neglect while striving to preserve the family unit.
Child Protective Service Workers help prevent further harm to children from intentional physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, exploitation or neglect by a person responsible for a child's health or welfare.
Juvenile Justice Services is responsible for providing supervision and rehabilitative services to youth adjudicated under state law as delinquent or as Children In Need of Services (CHINS).
JJS provides supervision, case management, and an array of rehabilitative services through its staff of Juvenile Probation and Parole Officers (JPPOs) and a network of community-based providers.
Our Practice Model
Our Practice Model
The New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) is committed to partnering with families and communities to provide the resources and supports needed for children to be safe.
We do this through collaboration and the belief that all families have strengths. We anchor our work in DCYF’s Practice Model, which outlines specific core values and beliefs and drives our practices and policies.